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I am very sorry to read of the above and I imagine what a difficult position it must be. I will certainly try to clarify your options.
May I confirm under what circumstances the tenant left please? In particular, have you entered into any formal deed of surrender in relation to his leaving or has the matter be dealt with relatively and formally to date?
thank you. If the original tenant had a fully repairing lease which from what you say, this would indicate that he did, then you would be entitled to make a claim against the original tenant for any damage he has caused or in relation to any items that require improvement in order to bring them into "repair".
in order to make a claim against the original tenant, you may need to have a report prepared perhaps by a surveyor or inventory clerk identifying those issues formally that require attention. He could attempt this yourself but if you find yourself in the position where you have to go to court to make a recovery, your claim may be prejudiced if you do not have a professionally prepared report. If a new tenant is or has already moved in, this may need to have your priority as it may be difficult to identify what was in need of repair at the time the old tenant moved out if you allow the new tenant to become too embedded in, particularly if they are making modifications in relation to the unit.
As regards ***** ***** that are identified as requiring improvement, to bring them into repair, you can then make a claim against the original outgoing tenant in relation to those items under a repairing lease and if necessary, issue proceedings in the County Court in respect of the cost of making good those items: